Thom Moore leaves the stage on St Patrick’s Day

By Noel Coogan An outstanding contributor to Irish folk music was lost on St. Patrick’s Day, 2018 with the passing, following a long illness, of...

Grace Kelly of Monaco

By Martin Gleeson John Brendan Kelly, known as Jack Kelly, started a bricklaying business in Philadelphia. In his spare time, he became a competitive rower...

Oh Me, Oh My, Mullingar!

Located in the heart of Ireland, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath boasts musicians like Niall Horan, Bressie, Joe Dolan, Emmet Cahill, Eurovision winners, The Swarbrigg Brothers...

Pierce Brosnan – The Irish James Bond

By Martin Gleeson Since the first James Bond film was made in 1962, there have been 24 more films about the secret agent and 7...

Fr Ray Kelly – The Singing Priest

By John Fitzgerald "The Nation holds it breath." The famous quote from an RTÉ commentary on Ireland’s penalty shoot-out in Italia 90 came to mind...

Gene Kelly Was Very Proud of His Irish Roots

By Martin Gleeson Gene Kelly’s father was an Irish Canadian from Ontario, and his mother was Harriet Catherine Curran, whose mother came from Derry. Gene...

Judy Garland loved visiting Dublin

Judy Garland’s rendition of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ was voted The Best Song of the twentieth century by the record industry.

Jimmy Kennedy – Ireland’s Most Successful Songwriter

Jimmy had been writing poems and songs from an early age and while he was waiting to be posted to Nigeria, he embarked on a career as a professional songwriter by joining a Denmark Street music publishing firm.

The Magic of the Cinema Long Ago

No child of modern times could imagine the magic long ago attached to going to the pictures. We had no television in Ireland in the fifties and radio was operated with wet and dry batteries, which our family bought in O’Donoghue’s Electrical in Thurles.

Cliona Hagan – The Tyrone singer oozing with talent

When you hear Cliona Hagan sing, and if you did not know any better, you’d swear she came out of Nashville. This young Tyrone-born beauty is oozing with talent and confidence, such is her vocal ability and great stage presence.